Quanticae presented the results of the study ‘Women in the Digital Age’ at a workshop organised by the company on 12 December at European Commission headquarters in Brussels and Madrid. During the meeting, which was attended by members of the European Commission‘s Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) and experts in gender, ICT and entrepreneurship, the project leaders presented the most relevant findings on the current state of women in the digital world.
The results of the study reveal that subjective barriers are more relevant than structural ones when the challenges that women are forced to face in the digital sector are analyzed. In this sense, leadership and working conditions are the main challenges. In particular, access to finance is one of the most important one for women entrepreneurs.
Among the measures needed to address the problem, Quanticae conclusions point to the role model and mentoring actions as the most effective. Also the role of the media in raising awareness and the importance of early education. The study also shows how the European Commission’s actions in this area go unnoticed or have little impact on the problem.
The recommendations and concrete measures proposed at the workshop focus on three main areas: trying to have more data available, which are currently insufficient; emphasizing the perceptions of the technology sector and the need to incorporate the gender perspective in public policies.
The study, promoted by the European Commission and carried out by Quanticae, analysed the role of women in the digital age because of the low levels of the participation of women in the ICT sector. Among the main reasons for considering this issue are the low proportion of female ICT workers at European level and the need to promote strategies to address and solve this problem.
The workshop was attended by members of the European Commission, heads of Quanticae and the following companies and institutions: Digital Leadership, Telefónica Open Future, the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, Mujeres Tech and the research group Gender & ICT of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).